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A place to discuss the men and women who took on the British Empire, and in spite of the incredible odds against them ... won. Photo to the left is the monument at the site of the Carrowkennedy Ambush in Co. Mayo.See More
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michael dunne commented on David Lawlor's blog post The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin
"There is an exhibit of a Swedish Bophurs anti aircraft gun (commonly known as AK AK) in the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks. It is part of the wonderful 'Soldiers and Chiefs' exhibition. What makes this gun unique is that it is…"
Sep 26, 2016
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Sep 26, 2016
David Lawlor commented on David Lawlor's blog post The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle
"Eoin - my apologies. I never saw your comment. I'm glad you liked the piece. My friend Charlie had four members of his family take part during Easter week - two men and two women (Cumann na mBan)."
Sep 26, 2016
David Lawlor commented on David Lawlor's blog post The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle
"Thanks Con. My friend's family were guests of honour at the reenactment, as his grandfather took part in the attack. By all accounts the event was a great day. I was sorry to have missed it."
Sep 26, 2016
Colm Herron commented on David Lawlor's blog post The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle
"That was a gripping account you wrote David. And one sentence in it stands out for me: "The Battle of Ashbourne was important because it showed that Crown forces could be comprehensively defeated if the right tactics were chosen." The…"
Sep 26, 2016
michael dunne commented on David Lawlor's blog post The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin
"Delete Comment Interesting article that may help explain the following three accidental German bombings in Dublin and one in Wexford in 1941. The Dublin bombings were North Strand, killing 29 people, Donore Avenue, no fatalities but the Jewish…"
Sep 24, 2016
Ri O'Brien liked David Lawlor's blog post The Burning of Bridget Cleary -- 'The Irish Changeling'
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Jillian Godsil commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
Jun 21, 2016
David Lawlor commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
"Thanks for the kind words, Mairead, I'm glad you liked it."
Jun 19, 2016
Mairead Geary commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
"Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing your family's story and connection to the Rising.  I love how you said ... "The ghosts of that day still linger, their barely-heard echo masked amongst the sounds of rush-hour traffic and smothered…"
Jun 19, 2016
David Lawlor commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
"Thanks Jean. I'm glad you liked it."
Jun 12, 2016
Jean Sullivan Cardinal commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
"Wonderful, love hearing these stories!"
Jun 12, 2016
Jean Sullivan Cardinal liked David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
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David Lawlor commented on David Lawlor's blog post Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone
"Thanks Mary, that's really nice of you to say. I'm glad you like the posts"
Jun 10, 2016

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Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 7 Comments

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I study its…

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The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am 14 Comments

Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall  door of their family home on St. Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead.

“I…

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How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 4:30am 7 Comments

Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics it generates,…

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The Easter Rising's Forgotten Battle

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 3:30am 15 Comments

The GPO, Mount Street Bridge, The South Dublin Union -- these are names that resonate when it comes to Easter 1916 as the battlegrounds for what became Padraig Pearse’s ‘glorious failure.’ However, for some quirk of history, the success that took place in…

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At 9:14am on May 20, 2015, Sarah Nagle said…

A very warm welcome from the San Francisco Bay Area...

At 10:08am on May 20, 2015, Sarah Nagle said…

Emperor Norton? Oh yes, only one of the many colorful characters of San Francisco. I grew up around the Bay & somewhere along the way collected a degree in history… I've heard a lot of stories about the old days in the City of Fire & Gold...

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